Traveling to Egypt

A contribution by
Nesreen ElNaggar (an Egyptian tour guide)

Useful Egypt Travel Tips:

  1. You will need a visa that costs $15 (US) per person. You can buy this in £ sterling or US$ on arrival for stays of up to one month. Please contact the Egyptian Embassy or Egyptian Consulate nearest you.
  2. Book your tour early enough through a trusted travel agency to avoid troubles in booking tickets, hotel reservation and daily tours.
  3. Buy a good guide book "Egypt : Lonely Planet" and educate yourself about Egypt before visiting.
  4. Pets may enter Egypt provided you provide a certificate of origin and a health certificate. There are no forms for this, but a dated, signed letter is acceptable.
  5. Remember to declare your valuables when entering Egypt or they may be confiscated upon your departure. This applies especially to computers, photographic and video equipment, which must have their serial numbers recorded by customs in your passport.
  6. In crowded areas keep your money, credit card and important paper in a safe pocket.
  7. Remember to drink lots of cold water during your open air tours; as you can easily get dehydrated in summer.
  8. Avoid public displays of affection between the genders.
  9. If you're visiting a mosque or other religious sites: Take off your shoes, and cover your head if you're a woman, before going into a mosque. Don't enter during prayers (prayer times table).
  10. Don't eat, drink or smoke in public during the day during the holy month of Ramadan.
  11. Don't photograph bridges, canals (including the Suez Canal) or anything even remotely related to the military or government buildings.
  12. Taxis are black-and-white (usSexually Fiats or Ladas) so hailing a cab is never a problem. When hailing a taxi yell out a district or landmark near your destination and if the driver is heading there he will stop for you.
  13. The fair-meters in the taxis are never working so discuss the price and don’t pay till you leave the taxi. Keeping the taxi's license no. is a good idea in case you forgot something in the car.
  14. You can get a private car with a driver and tour guide booked via your tour agency while going to the sightseeing. Never take a taxi to these places as they are professional in ripping you off.
  15. Take the longer trips on the Cairo Metro and leave the taxis for short hops.
  16. For train trips outside Cairo, it is highly recommended to book an air conditioned first class train.
  17. Do be prepared for unwanted attention if you're a woman traveling alone - it's best to travel with a companion outside the main tourist areas. You'll undoubtedly be whistled at or talked to in the street. If approached, always say that you are married.
  18. During sightseeing, you might face some hassling by vendors which you can simply avoid by saying thank or "laa shokran" = "No thank u" and you are going to notice that it works like magic!
  19. Still it's nothing to worry about, people love foreigners they might approach you with a hand shake or ask to get photographed with you, or try to practice their English. They can show you directions too.
  20. Women drive their own cars, or walk alone and find it safe. Egyptians are generally friendly and kind.
  21. Tipping or "Baksheesh" is very common but not a must, adding 10-15% is ok on the bill in a restaurant. Bellmen, doormen, drivers expect a tip which you can decide yourself if they do a good service.
  22. Street beggars are expected so be careful.
  23. Check this links for the nearest Egyptian Restaurants.
  24. Also remember to check this list of Cargo Shipping Agencies if you are relocating to Egypt.

Here are the contact information for some Egyptian Travel Agents, Nile Cruses, Air ticketing agencies, Vacation Reservations offices, Tour Guides with best offers and special rates:

Company Address Tel
1WorldTours    
2Travel2Egypt    
Abela Egypt Operators of the luxury night-sleeper trains  
Abercrombie & Kent Egypt    
Abou Ghali Tourism    
Abydos Travel    
Academy Travel Agency 110 El Merghani Street, Helioplis Cairo - Egypt (+202) 2900 765
Aegyptus Intertravel 3 Lutfy el Sayed St., 11331 Demerdash - Cairo +2026824747
AIC Travel    
Airlink Travel    
Al Gezirah A. Travel    
Al Weaam Tours    
Aladdin Khalifa Tour Guide  
Amarco Tours 128 El Nile St. 1st Floor Dokky - Giza +202 3355550
American Express   5672299 / 88
Amigo Tours    
Amozon    
Arab African Tours Egypt 45 El Rashid street, Mohandessin, Cairo Egypt +20 2 3443903
Arab Travel and Holidays    
Asfour Travel Gabalaya St.- Zamalek- Cairo- Egypt 002- 02- 7363 215
Astra Travel   +20 2 3446445
Bahi [japanese only]    
Bedouin Divers & Bedouin Lodge Hotel    
Bel Pays Travel    
Belquis Tours 54, Kasr El-Nil st; Down Town - Egypt (202) 3904924
Best Friends Safari Beach-Street of Dahab  
Blue Moon Tours Religious Tourism ( Hajj & Omra )  
Blue Sky    
Budget Travelers    
ByeByeNet Travel & Tours 6th October City, Giza, Egypt +20-10-5216501
Cataract International Travel    
Champion Tours    
Charisma Travel Agency    
Commodore Travel of Egypt    
Compass Travel    
Cosmos Tours    
Creative Travel International 12 El Sayed Issa St., Gamea El-Fath 11351 Heliopolis - Cairo +20 (2) 644-6200
De Castro Tours    
Delta Tours Co. 13 Mariete St., Cairo +(2) 02 5754441
Eastmar Travel    
Egypt 7000 Travel    
Egypt Magic Tours 49 El Falky St, Bab El Louk 02 - 5193044
Egypt MyWay 14 Abdel Ghafar St. Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt +2 012 3963504
Egypt Tours    
Egyptian American Tours    
Egyptian Golf Experience Airport Road, Heliopolis, Cairo 11361, Egypt +202 267 9837
Egyptian Hotel Reservations    
Egyptian Travel Service    
El Joker Travel    
Emeco Travel 2 Talaat Harb St., Downtown 02 - 5749360
Enjoy Tours    
Experience Egypt    
Farida Tours 15 Rabaa El Estsmary Bldg, El Nozha Street, Cairo +202 - 2907075
Fayed Travel    
First Manor Real Estate Degla - Maadi 010 - 5329911
Five Star Travel Group    
Flash Tour    
Flats in Luxor    
Fly Well Travel    
Focus Travel    
Future Group Egypt 32 Pyramids St. - Giza +20 2 382 99 98
Galaxia Tours    
Gateway Travel 3B Elsad Elaaly Street, Dokki, Giza (+202) 761-1008
General Tours    
Gezira Travels 28 Shagaret El Dorr Street, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt (+202)736 0585
Golden Land Tours 1, Nabil Mohmoud St. Ard El-Golf Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt (+202) 4177514
Greaters Tours    
Guide Tours Co. 25, St. 263 - New Maadi 02 - 5193113
Habibi-Safari    
Hamburg Travel    
Hamis Travel Ramses Square, Cairo + 202 - 5749275
Happy Dream Travel 32 B Ahmed lotfe El saied - Haram +202 5858954
Helio Tours Travel Agents Red Sea Hurghada Sheraton Road, El Sakkala (2065) 442318, 445116
Highway Travel El Matbaa St. off Pyramids Giza (202) 587 6070
Holiday Tours    
Hormoheb Travel    
I Can Travel    
Iberia Airline Egypt    
Imperial Travel Center 17, Mahmoud Bassiouny St. 5759102
Isis Travel 48 El Giza St. El Orman Tower - Dokki 02 - 7486496
Kat Tours and Travel    
Kemi Tours Egypt 6 Amin El Rehani St. - The 6th Zone - Nasr City - Cairo 002 - 02 - 6705360
Lamour Travel Nuweiba, South Sinai, Egypt +20-69-50545
Lucky Tours 33 - 36 Abdel Khalek Tharwat St., Cairo +2023909822
Lufthansa German Airlines 6 Talaat Harab St., Raml Station 03 - 4862607
Maadi Travel 55 Misr Helwan Rd. +20-2-350-5050
Magi Tours    
Magic Travel Services Egypt    
Maya Travel 54 Ahmed Orabi st.- Mohandeseen, Giza-Egypt +2 02-3444485
Mena Tours    
Milano Travel    
Min Travel Egypt    
misr Travel    
Moon River Tours    
Mustafa Raouf [Egyptian Tour Guide]  
Narmer Tours    
Nasco Tours    
Network Corporation 8 Abdel Wahab St., Ext. Makram Ebeid, Nasr City +202 - 6712650
New Star Travel 71 Gamet El Dawal El Arabia , Mohandsien , Giza +202-3362604
Nile Melody Travel 3 El Khadrawi Street, Tahrir
+202- 5783 127
Nobles Tours    
NTS    
Ohod Tours    
Orbit Tours    
Osoris Travel & Holidays    
Panworld    
Professor Travel    
S S Tours 3 El Fardoos Compound, Nasr City 02 - 4833120
Safari Egypt.com    
Sakkara Travel Group    
Seti First Group    
Shalkamy Group    
Sharra Tours    
Shaspo Tours    
South Sini Travel SST    
Spring Tours    
Sunny Egypt Tours    
Swan Travel    
Sylvia Tours   3026699
Tentours    
Thomas Cook
  4173511 / 12
Travco Travel    
Viking Travel    
Waleed Tours  
Weaam Tours  
Wings Tours & Nile Cruises 2620447 / 8
 
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